Riverhead school officials to present budget at Phillips Avenue

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside

Taxpayers will once again have the chance to comment on the Riverhead School District’s $110.3 million budget for 2011-12 at Phillips Avenue Elementary School tonight at 7 p.m.

Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney officials will be presenting the budget at all district schools until it is adopted by the board April 12.

At last week’s meeting at Riverhead Middle School, no parents commented on the budget, which calls for 40 layoffs including 15  teacher positions.

The spending plan carries a 1.96 percent spending increase over last year’s $108 million budget, though the tax levy — the amount of cash the district collects from taxpayers — is expected to jump 5.97 percent from $82.7 million this year to $87.7 million in 2011-12.

A copy of the budget presentations is available on the district’s website.

Voter registration will be held May 9 between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on May 10 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A budget hearing is scheduled for May 10 in the Riverhead High School auditorium.

Taxpayers will vote on the budget May 17.

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